August 17, 2016No Comments

Wellness….WHAT?! – #WellbeingWednesdays

Wellness wooden sign on a beautiful day

Many of us work through life trying to achieve 'wellness'. But what is wellness? Is it the juice detox everyone is doing? Is it being able to sit in a cross legged position and 'ohm' at the top of my lungs for hours on end? Is it being outside?

What does Wellness even mean?

Every time you read a piece of media, or a medical study there is more advice of what is good for you, what is bad for you, what you haven't realised you're even consuming or ingesting and we can get so confused with trying to do the best things for our bodies that often we just give up and go right back to what we were doing before.

It's hard working towards 'Wellness'. All you want is for someone to show you a big sign saying 'Wellness this way', but that's not how it works. What is good for me, might be bad for you and may be essential for someone else.

The way I deal with it is to try and work towards feeling better, being healthier but also not taking life too seriously. You can get so caught up with being healthy all the time that you end up resenting the lifestyle, and yourself trying to achieve the unachievable. We live in a world where plastics, pollutants and chemicals are part of every day life. Yes you could try and eradicate them from your life but you'd have to live in isolation to achieve it and where's the fun in that?

Take it one day at a time and one element of your life at a time. For me, my journey started with fitness. I found things that I loved to do and just focused on those. I do them regularly enough that they become a habit. Equally if I skip them for a week, I have a mildly guilty feeling but I know I'll get back to them next week so it's no big deal.

Then I moved onto food and this was my HARDEST part. I LOVE food. I LOVE eating food. I LOVE cooking and exploring food. Most importantly I LOVE big quantities of food. So to find out how to change a lot of that I had to figure out the best way to be healthy, still enjoy the food I eat with it's flavours and the quantity but eat foods that are better for me. Vegetables, fruits, grains, beans.

Next came skincare and home life. I've never really been a big skincare person as having psoriasis has always dictated what I use. But finding Tropic and it's range of natural products has changed all of that. And I'm now experimenting with the cleaning products we use at home and finding ways to change those slowly but surely.

The last thing is my way of life. Spending more time outside, in nature. Potentially trying to grow my own fruit and vegetables, although living in London that's not always possible. I have however started doing exactly that in my office in Central London. We have a small roof terrace where there are all kinds of goodies growing. Cabbage, rocket, lettuce, sunflowers and lots of herbs! All of my own doing which isn't too bad for a first try.

My point is you can work towards being healthier, being happier in small steps. Don't try and leave your life and go off and live on a remote island and you'll live until you're 200. Just do it in small ways, and do things that you enjoy and you'll be sure to get where you want to be.

Ciao for now x

January 21, 2016No Comments

Day 21 – Sweet nut smoothie

Sweet nut smoothieThis is an amazing new smoothie recipe that I have stumbled across and made some of my own adjustments to. Try it out, maybe as another breakfast smoothie recipe and enjoy the delicious, creamy, nutty, sweet flavour.

Gosh it has reminded me of the amazing flavour so much I may just dash out and make another one!

125g frozen mango
2 tablespoons of almond butter
handful of frozen blackberries
2 tablespoons of yoghurt - the thicker the better. I used a lovely natural one that had fresh passion fruit in it which was so gooooood!
half a teaspoon of wheatgrass powder
100ml of coconut milk

Throw them all in your smoothie maker and blend up until smooth. Then sip and enjoy!

Ciao for now x

January 7, 2016No Comments

Day 7 – Feed the Freezer!

Turkey Stock, Peas, Broccolli Frozen Strawberries Bread, Herbs

Today's post is slightly different to normal. No knowledge imparting, no demonstration of moves, no recipes.

Today we talk about a general tip that might help you be healthier and manage your food, meals and diets in a better way.

Feeding the freezer is a great phrase. I am a massive fan of doing so! My schedule is a bit all over the place and the biggest issue I had was getting fresh fruit and vegetables in my diet and keeping them long enough so they didn't go off. So I started freezing. I am lucky enough to have two freezers, one of which is my height and is packed with things in every single drawer!!

I have frozen fruits which are amazing for smoothies in the morning and I have vegetables which I use in every meal I cook. Today I made a pasta bake, fresh sauce and I used frozen carrots, frozen onions, frozen garlic, frozen mushrooms, frozen peas and even the mince meat I used was frozen, but taken out yesterday so it could defrost properly.

Using my freezer is the best thing. Now I always have fruit and vegetables to hand and such a wide variety that you couldn't imagine. I can buy things cheaply when they are on special offer, sometimes just £1 for an entire bowl and they get put in the freezer. Some vegetables are chopped or chunked and frozen in their bags, otherwise are frozen whole.

Not only that but when I create a meal, I always over cook. It is crazy how much I always end up cooking but then they go in small containers and get frozen. On days when I don't have the time or energy to cook I just grab a home made ready meal and dinner is done!

So give it a go, get started and make space in the freezer. Throw out the ice cream, the ice lollies and any other things that shouldn't be in there and then get out and buy as much fruit and vegetables as you can fit in there and get feeding that freezer!!

Enjoy and ciao for now x

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